Concerning research has identified that half of pupils permanently excluded from school have mental health problems. The provision available for this group of pupils is often reported as having long waiting lists and limited support.
It is likely that the same is also true for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN). Whilst there is additional protection for pupils with identified SEN, many pupils go without assessment of their needs leading to further disengagement in education and often resulting in exclusion.
This is an issue for a number of families we work with and an area which calls for specialist advice and better understanding.
Half of pupils expelled from England's schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data. The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher. This figure compares with one in 50 pupils in the wider population who have a mental health condition. The government said it would be publishing plans to improve mental health services later in the year.